Twitter Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest TAGS Just a few years ago, car subscriptions looked like the next sure thing. Picking up on consumers’ comfort with paying monthly for the likes of streaming services or phones, many automakers introduced programs that allowed people to get a new car and a variety of perks for a monthly fee. As an alternative to buying or leasing, these programs seemed intriguing. But as of 2021, BMW, Genesis, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and, most recently, Audi have all shuttered their nascent subscription offerings. So why haven’t subscriptions caught on, and which services are still out there? WHY AREN’T SUBSCRIPTIONS MORE POPULAR? Depending on your driving needs, a subscription could save you money compared to leasing. Plus there are the perks of ongoing access to the latest models, the ability to switch cars frequently, and the convenience of app-based shopping. So why aren’t more people using them? Lack of awareness is one issue. These services require more outreach and need to overcome the conventional wisdom that you’re better off purchasing a car outright. There’s not currently much investment in educating consumers either ― these subscription services aren’t widely advertised on dealership or manufacturer websites. Each service also has extensive rules around mileage, the time you can keep cars, and even driving internationally. Users will have to be educated on all of these restrictions compared to traditional lease rules. The bigger obstacle is limited access. Porsche’s service is only offered in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Volvo’s is more widely available but excludes three of America’s four most populous states: California, New York and Florida. This limited availability is in part due to logistics and cost and in part to dealer franchise laws designed to stop automakers from dealing directly with consumers. The Care by Volvo program, for example, faced legal challenges from the California New Car Dealers Association and was subsequently withdrawn from the state. Until challenges from dealers have been addressed, nationwide rollouts of these services will stay off the table. WHAT NEW CAR SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE STILL AVAILABLE? Care by Volvo and Porsche Drive currently have the most attractive, and active, subscription offerings. Care works a lot like a traditional lease, but with insurance and most maintenance covered, and it adds the ability to cancel your subscription on short notice or resubscribe to a different model. Costs range from $600 to $750 per month (excluding tax) depending on the model. While it’s true that the monthly payment for an equivalently equipped lease is significantly less, that doesn’t tell the whole story: Getting a low lease payment requires a larger down payment, and you’ll have to provide your own insurance and cover maintenance costs. Amortize the down payment over the life of the lease, add insurance and maintenance, and you may pay about the same or even slightly less for Volvo’s subscription than a lease. Porsche’s offering is much pricier. It ranges from $1,500 to $2,600 per month for a single vehicle and from $2,100 to $3,100 per month for the multi-vehicle subscription plan, which allows you to swap vehicles at will. The idea of swapping from a convertible sports car to a family SUV depending on your needs in a given week is appealing, but you pay for that flexibility. Multi-car subscriptions are more expensive than a typical lease, even with insurance and down payments factored in, and you aren’t able to buy a car you’ve been driving at a preset price. But considered as an alternative to leasing two vehicles, these programs start to make sense. Leasing both a Porsche 911 and a Cayenne, for example, and providing your own insurance will cost you more than even Porsche’s pricey plan. CAN SUBSCRIPTIONS STAGE A COMEBACK? Cadillac and BMW both say they’re reevaluating and retooling their programs. The new iterations of both will almost certainly operate in closer conjunction with dealerships in order to ease national rollouts. But a major appeal of subscription services is ease of use, which includes avoiding the dealership outright. Being able to manage your subscription entirely through an app is key to the success of subscriptions with a younger audience, and dealerships have been inconsistent in engaging and doing business with consumers online. How subscription services will operate within the confines of dealer networks is an open question, but as things stand these services can’t operate without dealers. Ultimately, the convenience of these programs will be as important as outright cost. EDMUNDS SAYS: Buying a car within your budget and keeping it for the long haul still make the most financial sense. But as an alternative to leasing, a subscription might lower your overall cost and give you an easy exit should you change your mind. Unfortunately, legal and logistical challenges mean the future of car subscriptions is uncertain. ————— This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Will Kaufman is a content strategist at Edmunds. Instagram: @didntreadthestyleguide. By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Previous articleLinesight Poised for Future Global Expansion With New CEONext articleEV Solar Charging Carport Offered by SunnyCal Solar Digital AIM Web Support Edmunds: Whatever happened to car subscription services? WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has released an excellent video from their one of their shows at Brooklyn Bowl this past March. Taking place during the annual Freaks Ball, the Grateful Dead inspired super group–made up of Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger, Dave Dreiwitz, and Tom Hamilton–played three blistering nights at the Bowl, delivering a weekend of countless highlights to choose from.With that in mind, the band just released an incredible video on their YouTube channel that provides just one glimpse of the epic three-night run. Taken from the March 26th, 2016 show, the video starts with some improv that slowly transforms into a “Not Fade Away”, slowly building tension that eventually lands perfectly on “Rubin & Cherise”. The “R&C” is filled with amazing moments, with Metzger and Hamilton linking up for some dual-guitar action to deliver a truly impressive segment of improvisation. Watch the video for yourself, and enjoy the awesomeness that is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead:
The Australian Aborigines go on a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness, traveling by foot to trace the paths of their ancestors. Their rite of passage is called a walkabout.I recently returned from my own version of a walkabout. For the past few years I’ve hunkered down to the tasks at hand. I’ve started each day with a to-do list and have kept track of my days in thirty-minute increments to maximize productivity. Something about turning forty felt like getting slammed up against a wall built of my own expectations and obligations. I’ve started to consider mortality and wondered whether it’s time to take new risks, to explore different, more authentic ways of living. Nagging questions kept surfacing: was my fear of not using my time wisely resulting in a hyper-productive state that ultimately made the minutes worthless? Should I focus more on my loved ones and less time on racking up accomplishments? Was I making the most of my life?My three-year old and I spent ten days in Europe visiting my brother who lives there. He conveniently married my high school best friend (I set them up on a date when we were fourteen). For over a decade, I thought their three children would be the closest thing I experienced to parenting. That’s all to say that we’re close beyond reason despite the miles.We rented a three-bedroom apartment on Lake Como in Northern Italy, where the Alps abruptly disappear beneath the water’s surface, creating a dramatic landscape of snow-capped mountaintops that transition into blooming Italian hillsides, the watery blue often reflecting the pink and white spring flowers on its surface. Lake Como is blessed with a rare combination of dramatic Swiss alpine scenery and the Italian aesthetic in architecture and food.We let the days unfold, traveling as much as we could by foot with our four kids who ranged from three to fifteen years old. We packed a picnic and set off walking up cobblestone walkways that weaved between coral and sunshine-yellow buildings, passing villas with ornate gardens and troughs of free-flowing water where locals filled jugs. Along the way we took turns pushing, carrying, and listening to our kids tell us stories we’d never heard as we made our way up the mountainside. Hours later we passed the last house and set out to find hiking trails leading to waterfalls and vistas. Along the way we picnicked and let our kids run wild in the grassy meadows.I became absorbed in the people and sights surrounding me. I stopped obsessing over filling every waking moment with worthwhile action. The days unfolded all on their own without me looking at the time. Thoughts drifted in and out of my mind. I thought of the man I love on his own journey with loved ones, realizing that he had miles to walk with his own children before we would walk together again. Words welled up inside of me for books and articles I want to write. I let my thoughts come and go. The quest to do more and to have more time vanished, leaving me engaged with the good company of my family in a beautiful place. Without expectation, the days were enough just as they were and I enjoyed the simple joy of walking.Walking lends itself to a certain clarity about what’s most important not despite of the slow pace but because of it. There is so much to see along the way that can be missed by going too fast. Dawdling along also helps unwind the past, giving ourselves the time and space required to explore what’s gotten us to this place in life.On the last day of our stay, my sister-in-law and I were drinking white wine while watching our four kids swing on a tire. She held my hand and said, “It’s amazing to sit here and watch our kids play together. I would have never imagined this moment when we met in high school, but I would have always wanted it.”My heart swelled with love for her, for my family, and for my own life. The years had served me well, my own life was coming full circle before me and I was present enough to witness it.Transitioning back into my everyday life, I want to continue giving myself the permission to meander and lose track of time. Walking reminds me that productivity isn’t the true measure of my soul. Focusing and applying my energy in directions with no measurable outcomes is why I’m here, to love, engage, move, laugh, and write.– Ky Delaney is a regular contributor to Blue Ridge Outdoors. You can follow her Mountain Mama posts here.
Black Stars Coach, Kwasi Appiah has tagged Asamoah Gyan as his team’s best striker despite scoring only one of his team’s six goals so far at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.Gyan’s output has come under the microscope following his inability to score as frequently as expected but Appiah insists the player who is only two goals shy of breaking Abedi Pele’s all time national goal record of 33 is good enough.“ Gyan is my captain and for me, I am very satisfied with all the games he has played. Sometimes, you look at the game and it is not about the player himself. It is how he assists, draws people out and attract opponents and he creates opportunities for others.”Appiah who is hoping to lead Ghana to end the search for the elusive fifth Nations Cup glory said of Gyan, “It is not every day that a player may have a good day, but the most important thing is his qualities that other players might have.’Defending why the Al Ain striker has started every game in the face of the seemingly goal drought, Appiah said “In that aspect, you keep him in the team for other players to work around him. I personally believe he is the best striker we have at the moment.’Gyan, 27, will however have to continue proving why he must be handed a starting role when the Stars line up against Cape Verde at the quarter final stage of competition on Saturday will be dependent on his output at training. Appiah said “as to whether he will start the next game against Cape Verde or not will depend on what he does during the training sessions”.Gyan has scored 31 times for Ghana in over 60 caps.
Vaunda DayVaunda Day died on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 78.Vaunda was born the daughter of J. Eugene and Bertha H. (Dwyer) Wartick on Monday, January 31, 1938 in Wellington, Kansas.On February 5, 1956, Vaunda and Russell Dean Day were united in marriage in Wellington, Kansas. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.Vaunda was first employed as a Teller at First Federal Savings and Loan; however, many will remember her from a 25 year career as a Para Educator in the Wellington schools. She really enjoyed working with students in the expanded skills classes. Outside of work, Vaunda held many interests such as genealogy where she spent many hours researching and assembling books about her family history. Vaunda was an avid reader that went through novel after novel for enjoyment. Above all, she loved being a mother and wife on the family farm. Whether it was watching her horses from the kitchen window, cooking meals for her family and farm help (meatloaf, minute steaks, burgers and chili were some of her favorites), to moving equipment and occasionally running a tractor, Vaunda loved the life she and Russell made together.Â Survivors include her husband, Russell Day of Wellington, Kansas; daughter, Lisa Seirer (Rocky) of Wakefield, Kansas; son, Rusty Day of Los Angeles, California; son, Mitch Day (Lori) of Wellington, Kansas; brother, John Wartick of Wilburton, Oklahoma; brother, Tomas Wartick of Wilburton, Oklahoma; sister, Rita Wartick of Perry, Oklahoma; grandchildren: Shawna Seirer, Tyson Seirer, Marcus Seirer, Colton Day and Meridith Day and a great-granddaughter, Brynlee Seirer.Â She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Donald Eugene Wartick.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 29, 2016 with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Funeral services for Vaunda will begin at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the Church of Christ, Wellington, Kansas. Minister Michael Nelson will officiate.Interment will follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens, Wellington, Kansas.Memorial contributions have been established in her loving memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Heartland Hospice or Carpenter Place. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.
TINTON FALLS – If your son or daughter is looking this summer for fun, fundamentals or fascination, they might just find it at Ranney School.The Hope Road school holds a wide variety of summer programs for youngsters that will offer them everything from the day-camp experience to a selection of academic, gifted and talented and fine and performing arts courses. The program offerings are available in a range of lengths and times.“Learning over the summer needs to be fun and that’s a philosophy for us,” said Kathleen Deeken, director of summer study. “We have opportunities to enhance skill building and we have opportunities for students to try something new to see if they love it but it has to be about fun…It’s not business-as-usual in the classroom.”There is an 8-week day camp program for children ages 3 to 13 that features swim lessons, sports and course electives and arts. There are trip camps for students, ages 10 to 13, with on-campus time and then one or two trips weekly off campus to events and destinations including ballgames, museums and other fun experiences destinations.There are also sports camps that have proven “very popular” over the years, according to Deeken, who has developed the courses for the summer. “We have for 8- to 13-year-olds basketball, fencing, soccer, swimming and tennis. Then for 9- to 13-year-olds, we have boy’s lacrosse, and golf for 6- to 10-year-olds and then golf for 11- to 14-year-olds,” she said. “It’s a combination of skill building, practice and some opportunity for a little bit of competitive skill as well.”This year Ranney is offering a new program for 14-year-olds. The counselor-in-training (CIT) program is “going to be a really neat program,” Deeken said. “Students will have an opportunity to develop some leadership skills … assist in camp groups … and they are going to have CPR training,” she said. “They are going to be expected to keep a leadership journal and will have access to adult mentors.”Ranney School will be offering a variety of academic programs that will help students keep up with their studies and strengthen their skills during the summer. There also will be courses that will give children an introduction to new disciplines “so they will have an advantage stepping into the classroom after the summer,” Deeken said.There are math classes high-schoolers can take for credit and PSAT, SAT and ACT test preparation courses.Deeken is particularly excited about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classes, a program called STEM, that will be offered for children from age 4 to those in eighth grade.There are interactive preschool adventure weeks for 4 and 5 year olds. The sessions are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during which the children will get an introduction to some academic topics using hands-on, critical-thinking skills with such offerings as “Amazing Animal Architects,” “Marvelous Magnets,” Engineering Adventures” and “Creative Adventures: Painting and Drawing from Nature.”Youngsters interested in the performing arts and fine arts won’t be left out. There are arts classes for students in elementary school to those in eighth grade.“Kids work so hard during the school year, that they really need some opportunities to be able to engage in some things they may not necessarily see day to day in the classroom,” Deeken said.The school has scheduled open houses on March 2 and April 20 for its summer programs. Additional information is available by visiting the school’s website at www.ranneyschool.org.
Division 7 girls: Sage Cowan secondNext up on the Kootenay Summer Swim Association season is a meet hosted in Grand forks by the Piranhas Saturday. The meet attracted more than 200 swimmers from throughout the Kootenay region.Kallie Badry, Oliva Cowen and Lachlan Bibby-Fox paced the Neptune attack with gold medal finishes in their respective divisions.Nelson edged out Castlegar Aquanauts with Trail finishing fourth.Kimberley, Creston, Colville and Revelstoke rounded out the team standings.Neptune results included: Division 1 girls: Keira Badry third Division 2 girls: Kallie Badry first, Division 6 girls: Olivia Cowan first, Hannah Malenfant second Division 4 girls: Jaylen Rushton second Nelson Neptunes returned home to host its first meet in three years at the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre.The Neptunes did not disappoint their home fans finishing second to the Grand Forks Piranhas in team standings Sunday at the NDCC Pool. Division 3 girls: Chloe Malenfant, Morgan Robertson-Weir tied for third, Division 2 boys: Lachlan Bibby-Fox first,
Martin Farren and Albert Doherty have all retained their seats in the north Inishowen electoral area.The Labour Party’s Martin Farren successfully was elected on the third vote on 1,470 votes, followed by Sinn Fein’s Albert Doherty on 1,460.Albert Doherty (SF) and Martin Farren (Lab) have both retained their seats for north Inishowen after the third count. pic.twitter.com/wKNdnQ0RgZ— Shaun Keenan (@Skeenan14) May 26, 2019 The quota was 1448 votes.Doherty celebrates with Cllr Jack Murray and Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.Bernard McGuinness is getting closer to the final seat on 1,355, while Marie Duffy currently sits on 1,057.Elections 2019: Martin Farren and Albert Doherty elected on third count in north Inishowen was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The sports ministry has granted Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) more time to consider its proposal of setting up a unified body to run the game in the country, and the two rival associations have been in talks in the last few days to reach a consensus in the matter.The government has proposed to enlarge Hockey India’s executive committee to co-opt members of the IHF, as well as increasing the strength of their working committee for the same purpose.While Hockey India accepted the proposals readily, there was hesitation on IHF’s part as they felt that the suggestions were loaded in their rivals’ favour.HI general secretary Narinder Batra.”We have had a discussion with IHF in the past few days and another round of talks are lined up on Tuesday,” Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra told Mail Today on Sunday.”The issue of co-option was discussed by the ministry with both the bodies before making it public. We have accepted them. We don’t know why they raised objections.”You cannot say something in a closed room and something else outside. ( Former IHF president) KPS Gill and ( present chief) RK Shetty were part of Hockey India for our elections, but resigned later.” Hockey India’s executive committee met in Bhopal on Sunday and authorised Batra to take decisions in this regard.Hockey India have also included two associate members – Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Sashastra Seema Bal – under its wing.”More teams have applied for membership and we are looking into it,” Batra said.advertisementThe sponsorship deal with Sahara is also nearing expiry and the Hockey India secretary general said work was on to have a new deal in place soon.”Sahara have the first right of refusal, but we will have to look at our requirements also. If a better offer comes from somewhere else, we will definitely consider it,” he said.The Bhopal Senior Men’s Nationals are the first under the aegis of Hockey India, but the federation has plans to hold agegroup tournaments in months to come.”The junior nationals, for both men and women, are expected to be held in July with Ranchi as the likely venue.”The sub- juniors for men will be held in Hyderabad in September, while Pune will stage the corresponding event for women soon after,” Batra added.
After being in the news largely for doping, Indian weightlifting will attempt to make a fresh start when they begin their campaign at the London Olympics on Saturday.India are returning to the Olympics after eight years and not much is expected in terms of medals from K Ravi Kumar (69kg) and N Soniya Chanu (48kg).Karnam Malleshwari (69kg) earned glory by winning a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.Both lifters qualified for the Olympics at the Asian continental event in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.Soniya, who finished sixth at the world championships, will open her campaign on Saturday in a field of 14 weightlifters.”I know the competition is bound to be tough. But I qualified through Asian championship held in Korea in April,” Chanu said.This is the first Olympic quota place India has earned in men’s weightlifting since the 2000 Olympics when Thandava Murthy Muthu competed in the 56kg category.Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ravi, who lifted a total of 311kg (141+170) to bag sixth spot at the Asian championships, has recovered from a shoulder injury.